Wukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 15 Posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8424 times:
I was reading another topic regarding cabin chimes and it brought up something of interest.
I know that chimes in the cabin are often used as a form of communication between the flight-deck and cabin crew. It seems as though they're different between different airlines; a sort of proprietary Morse Code, if you will.
Can any of the flight crew out there tell us on a per-airline basis what a "ding-ding" means vs. a "ding-ding-ding"?
What does your airline use as a "through 10k", or a "prepare cabin for landing", or "emergency situation"?
Again, I know that some of this is proprietary, but I recall reading an article having something to do with DL's series of "dings" in the event of an airliner in distress. I wish that I could find it again.
FA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8399 times:
when the exit lights go on or off there is a ding so at 10,000 feet on JetBlue the Captain turns the exit lights on and off two times to indicate we're passing through 10000ft.
any high-low chime is a call from either the cockpit or from within the cabin. we use the AIP and ACP to determine where the call is coming from [or we just pick up the phone lol]
a single chime is either a pax call button or a lav call button and again we use the AIP or ACP to determine who is calling us.
[AIP is like a small caller ID like display at each phone that says stuff like PAX 19 R or Lav A. There are 2 ACPs at each galley which 4 buttons that light up a certain color. The color that illuminates designates who is calling. Since each galley has two, you can determine from which side of the aircraft the person is trying to get attention from. So a person in Seat 19 on aircraft right presses their call button. On our AIP it illuminates up as PAX 19 R, on the ACP, which is in the celing and easy to see, it illuminates blue on the right side of the aircraft.]
LPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8206 times:
Quoting Wukka (Reply 5): This could become quite a neat thread for all of us recreational pilots and/or fliers that pay too much attention to commercial cabin operations.
I think this is a great thread - thanks Wukka for starting it.
At TP one of the pilots will do a ding-ding by turning the no-smoking sign off and on again rapidly to indicate that takeoff is immininent.
I don't want to deviate from this thread, but there was an excellent thread quite some time ago about airport chimes, but I've searched and searched and could never find it again. Some classics are ORY, CDG (T2), and especially (in my opinion) NBO-Kenyatta (my favorite!!)